Homeownership in the St. Louis area remains among the highest in the nation, despite a recent decline.
Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows a homeownership rate of just over 70 percent from 2010 through 2012. That's down almost two-percent from the prior three-year period. But the current statistics put St. Louis second behind Minneapolis in the nation's 50 largest metro areas.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the numbers vary widely across the region, with more than 80 percent of homes in Jefferson and St. Charles counties being owner-occupied, compared with less than 45 percent in City of St. Louis.